Need to practice listening comprehension?
Here’s a great video to help you practice… not! I’m just kidding. I couldn’t understand much myself and English is my mother tongue!
It’s amazing just how fast this woman can read. Check out this YouTube video, which inspired the theme for my October 2013 contest (see details at end about how to win an engraved iPod).
Before you watch the video, here is some helpful background information. Ellen is a talk show host in the United States. In this episode, she invited some guests with unusual talents to demonstrate their skills on her show.
Trish has quite the talent for reading really quickly. She just might be the world’s fastest reader. Watch the video and then listen again a second time while you read the transcript below. It’s quite amazing.
So how much did you understand?
Don’t worry if you didn’t understand anything! This is just for fun and giggles. As I said, it was hard for me to understand many of the words and English is my mother-tongue!
I thought perhaps she really wasn’t reading (who would know) but after listening to the slowed version, I can say she really did read all of the words.
The passage is from Ellen’s book, My point … and I Do Have One. In the book Ellen writes about the scariest stories that she can think of.
Now, play the video again and scroll down to read the transcript while you listen.
ELLEN: What do you do?
TRISH: I read.
ELLEN: Ok. So do I.
TRISH: I know, I read kinda fast. You know, like yeah.
ELLEN: Oh, you read, that’s your, your …
TRISH: I read, that’s my talent.
ELLEN: But what do you do for a living?
TRISH: Oh, I’m a, I’m a waitress.
ELLEN: Uh huh, ok.
TRISH: In Sherman Oaks.
ELLEN: Ok, alright…. God you’re… You’re so happy, aren’t you?
TRISH: You’re so pretty. It’s like looking in a mirror.
ELLEN: Uh, yeah, yeah.
TRISH: Not because you’re pretty, because you’re blonde…. I’m really happy.
ELLEN: Wow… you’re fantastic. Alright, Um.
TRISH: [Reaching over touching Ellen’s arm] I shouldn’t touch you.
ELLEN: You’re gonna read really fast?
TRISH: Yeah, I need a book or something though.
ELLEN: Ok, I have a… I have a… oh, there’s my book right there. You can have my book. Shall I hold this for you?
ELLEN: Ah, you’re mic’d. Okay great.
[Note: The passage is from Ellen’s book, My point… and I do Have One]
TRISH: “Stepping on a spider has to be the scariest thing in the world. Actually, do you know what would be scarier? If, after putting on the one shoe I then recklessly put my foot in the other only to discover that it was teeming with … hundreds of spiders!
All the babies were in there, a whole—let’s see, it’s a gaggle of gees, a school of fish, what is a group of spiders called? Oh, no I remember: a whole snorkel of spiders. That would be the scariest thing ever.
Unless, let’s say you’re out camping in the woods, or not even camping, or even in the woods; you’re sleeping in your backyard. I don’t know why. Maybe you like the great outdoors, but you want to be close to home in case somebody calls.
Or maybe you had a fight with the person you live with, and you ended up yelling, “Okay, that does it. I’m sleeping in the backyard tonight!” It’s only when you get back there that you realize it wasn’t much of a threat.
But you have too much pride to go and sleep inside (even though your dogs look at you from inside through the picture window with an expression that’s a mixture of pity and confusion).
So (and this is the scary part), you’re in the backyard and you’re just about to doze off when you start feeling something kind of funny—not ha ha funny, but creepy, weird funny.
So you look inside your sleep bag and there’s … a snake crawling up your let. Aghhhhhh!
That just blows the spider thing away. It’s not possible for there to be anything scarier than that….
“Wait, I just thought of something more frightening.”
Ha, ha. Ellen writes several more scary stories in her book, each more ridiculous than the last.
And thus, the inspiration for my October 2013 challenge: The “Scary Story contest.” If you’re interested in the chance to win an engraved iPod, you will love this challenge. Plus it’s a great way to practice your English writing skills.